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NC providing COVID-19 tests to colleges before Thanksgiving

Photo illustration by Jason Benavides

Nov. 17. The state is sending almost 75,000 COVID-19 tests to colleges and universities in advance of Thanksgiving and holiday break. The goal is to test students before they travel home or celebrate the holidays with people who live outside their household.

NCDHHS is also working with local health departments in Mecklenburg, Guilford, Harnett, New Hanover and Pitt counties to host community testing events near campuses for students who need tests before the end of the semester.

Getting COVID-19 tests to college campuses is one of the ways to prevent more viral spread as students head home, along with wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.

Dr. Mandy Cohen NCDHHS secretary

“We encourage everyone to plan ahead and get a COVID-19 test before they leave campus or gather with friends and family over the holidays,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen. “But even if a test result is negative, it’s not a guarantee. Tests represent a moment in time. So students and their families should still practice the 3Ws and wear a mask, wash hands often, and keep a distance of 6 feet from others.”

Click here for NCDHHS guidance around holiday breaks, and here for Thanksgiving in particular.

North Carolina is experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 cases across the state. For those who wish to travel or celebrate the holiday with people who do not live in their household, NCDHHS recommends a COVID-19 test three to four days in advance.